West Brom fans are unimpressed by a claim that the club is eyeing up Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart ahead of the next transfer window.
The Sun journalist Alan Nixon reported on his Twitter account on Sunday that the Baggies are definitely in the hunt to sign the 33-year-old shot-stopper.
It is understood that winning promotion to the Premier League would boost Albion’s chances of striking a deal for the former England number one and that Derby are also keen on him.
West Brom. Deffo in the Joe Hart hunt. Need to go up to boost hopes. Derby in a similar situation.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 28, 2020
West Brom have already released third-choice goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and Jonathan Bond’s contract has only been extended up until the end of this season.
Sam Johnstone will almost certainly be a Baggies player next term but Slaven Bilic is likely to bring in reinforcements to add strength in depth to the position.
Hart has made just three appearances this season for Burnley and none of them have come in the Premier League.
He is unlikely to be happy to be the second-choice goalkeeper at Turf Moor and it is hard to see how he would be happy to head to The Hawthorns to play second fiddle to Johnstone.
West Brom fans are not exactly keen on the idea of signing Hart as they don’t seem to rate him as being better than Johnstone and too expensive to be a second-choice.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Expensive player like that as second choice keeper? Odd
— Sam Simpson (@SamSimp85369426) June 28, 2020
A goalkeeper. A goalkeeper?
Sorry, but where is the urgency for goalscorers….
— Rob Paddock (@RobPaddockWBA) June 28, 2020
Don’t want him Alex, wouldn’t get in front of Johnstone anyway.
— Reece (@reexew) June 28, 2020
— Jon Simonian (@_Simonian) June 28, 2020
No thanks https://t.co/KjG0t8Vlw3
— Tomwba (@Tomwba98) June 28, 2020
A very good goalkeeper before Pep changed Man City and he hasn’t looked the same since. If he could become what he was then fantastic but I wouldn’t want West Brom to stretch the wage budget on this gamble just to sign him.
— JonW1995 (@JonW1995) June 28, 2020
needless cut to the wage bill
— Brad (@Brad_WBA) June 28, 2020
As it's not April 1st
— Albion News Gaming (@albion_gaming) June 28, 2020
Do we need Hart?
We definitely need a new goalkeeper or two in the summer but that depends on returning loanee Alex Palmer and whether or not he’s loaned out again.
Palmer’s done well on loan at Plymouth and could be used as Bilic’s number two.
Signing Hart could be a waste of money.
In other West Brom news, Bilic is eyeing up a move for this West Ham defender.